Chapter 2 Inferiority by Association

Animals, Migrants, and Chicana/Ecofeminist Possibilities

In: Like an Animal: Critical Animal Studies Approaches to Borders, Displacement, and Othering
Garrett Bunyak
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Garrett Bunyak demonstrates the extent to which animal representations and animality prop up the legitimacy of racist, sexist, and nationalist institutions and culture. He argues that the association of migrants with non-human animals simultaneously marks migrants, women, people of color, animals, and all of nature as inferior to an imagined and idealized rational white male citizen subject. In this context, nationalistic and capitalistic desires such as security and profit are realized through the exploitation and control of all of these maligned “others.” He points to the work of Gloria Anzaldúa to outline a Chicana/ecofeminist framework and imagine other possible ways of living based on care, respect, and reciprocity in a world full of diversity.

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